National Fisherman

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A large turnout is likely Monday when a legislative committee holds a public hearing on a proposed law to allow fishermen to keep lobsters they inadvertently snag in their nets in offshore waters and bring them to Portland.

It's now illegal for boats that go after cod, haddock and other groundfish to bring their lobster by-catch to shore in Maine, although it's legal to do so in Massachusetts.

Bill supporters say allowing fishermen to keep lobsters would bring more fishing boats to Portland and help maintain port businessesthat serve the fishing industry.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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